1st May, 2021
The central government has targeted a record 10.43 million tonnes of rice production in the Kharif season of the crop year 2021-22 (July 2021-June, 2022). This goal was set in a meeting of the states on Friday with the Ministry of Agriculture. According to the second advance estimate of the Ministry of Agriculture, rice production was 10.37 million tonnes against the target of 10.26 million tonnes in the last Kharif season.
Agriculture Commissioner SK Malhotra, who is reviewing the preparations of the states for the upcoming Kharif season, said that according to the Meteorological Department, the southwest monsoon is expected to be normal this year. Paddy is the main crop of the Kharif season. Its sowing begins with the southwest monsoon in June.
He advised the states to use judicious use of tricyclazole and buprophazine in rice to avoid the presence of chemical residues in rice exports. Malhotra asked to increase the yield of improved varieties of rice that are capable of withstanding geographical disasters like drought and flood.
In the kharif season of 2021-22, the production target of coarse grains has been kept at 3.73 crore tonnes, oilseeds by 26.6 million tonnes, and pulses at 98.2 lakh tonnes. The target of total food grain production for this year's Kharif season has been set at 15 crores 14.3 lakh tonnes.
According to the data of the ministry, the food production in the kharif season last year was 14.79 million tonnes, which was slightly less than the target of 14.93 crore set for that season.
The Ministry has set a production target of cotton for the current year of 37 million bales (170 kg each), sugarcane 387 million tonnes, while jute / mesta production target of 1.06 million bales (180 kg each). About agricultural costs, Malhotra said that in this year's Kharif season, the requirement of 177.53 lakh tonnes of urea, 65.18 lakh tonnes of di-ammonium phosphate (DAP), 20.24 lakh tonnes of muriate of potash (MOP) and 61.87 lakh tonnes of NPK fertilizers. is. The Ministry believes that for most kharif crops except maize and soyabean, seeds are available in sufficient quantities.
Malhotra said that there is an estimated shortage of 73,445 tonnes of maize seeds and 87,656 tonnes of soybean seeds in the upcoming kharif season. This gap will be bridged by the National Seed Corporation and private seed companies. According to the Ministry, the overall food production target for the entire crop year 2021-22 has been kept at 30.73 million tonnes.